GREENBELT, Md. (Dec. 15, 2014)—U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel sentenced John David White, 42, of Waldorf, Maryland today to 248 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin, possession and attempt to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin, maintaining a drug-involved premises and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Karl C. Colder of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; Colonel Michael Kundrat, Chief of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police; Chief Mark A. Magaw of the Prince Georges County Police Department; Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry; and Chief Mark Fronterotta of the Inglewood, California Police Department.
According to evidence presented at the six-day trial, from at least August 2010 through June 6, 2013, White purchased illegal narcotics in California and shipped the drugs to Maryland for distribution. During this time period, White sent shipments from the East Coast to California via FedEx and private freight carriers. In April 2011, law enforcement intercepted one of the shipments and found $30,000 in vacuum sealed packaging. The evidence further established that from August 2010 through May 2013, White sent 25 shipments, weighing at least 140 pounds each, from California to Maryland, through several private freight carriers.
On May 28, 2013, law enforcement intercepted a crate shipment from California to a self-storage facility in Hyattsville, Maryland. Hidden inside a toaster oven within the crate were two bricks of cocaine weighing over two kilograms. The next day, a freight shipping company delivered the crate to the storage unit which was leased to White and a company that he controlled called City Urban. Later that same day, White arrived at the storage facility, unlocked his storage unit, pushed the crate inside and then closed his storage unit. As White attempted to leave the storage facility, he was arrested.
Law enforcement executed a search warrant on May 30, 2013 at Whites storage unit and found several empty crates; packaging material; two digital scales; metal measuring spoons, one of which had heroin residue; and three plastic bags containing approximately 185 grams of heroin. Law enforcement later executed a search at Whites residence on June 6, 2013, and seized $7,967; a .45 caliber pistol; ammunition; drug paraphernalia that contained heroin residue; and numerous cell phones, at least two of which contained text messages, in coded language, regarding the purchase and sale of narcotics.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the DEA, Maryland Transportation Authority Police, Prince Georges County Police Department, Charles County Sheriffs Office and Inglewood, California, Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nicolas Mitchell and Adam Ake, who prosecuted the case.
Source: Office of United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein